Summertime seems to bring endless hours of enjoyment. And what better place for summer events than in Westchester County—host to a spectacular array of festivals, concerts, outdoor markets, and other amusements.
Whether you’re a long-time Westchester resident or making your first day trip here to check out the area, a treasure trove of summer activity awaits you on the Sound Shore and throughout the Hudson Valley.
Here are my top picks for summer events in Rye, Harrison, White Plains, and beyond:
Pop, Patriots and Fireworks >
July 1, 8 p.m.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah
Featuring Broadway singer Ryan Silverman performing classics from the Great American Songbook and the Westchester Symphonic Winds, this concert at Caramoor in Katonah ends with a dazzling fireworks display. Tickets start at $30. After July 4, the events don’t stop at Caramoor. Check out their full lineup of summer events including concerts, theater, and shows this summer.
Rye Playland Fireworks – all summer long! >
Fridays, 9:15 p.m.
Playland Parkway, Rye
Enjoy special fireworks celebrations on July 3 and 4 at 9:30 p.m. Then, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music every Friday night this summer, from July 7 through Sept. 1!
Summer Nights on the Sound >
Beginning July 4, 7 p.m.
Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck
From big band and jazz to indie folk and Latin pop, there’s something for every musical taste at this southern Westchester outdoor summer music series, funded by the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council.
Rye Town Park Concerts, Magic, and More! >
All summer long, times vary
Rye Town Park
Park of what makes living in Rye, NY, so special is the wonderful lineup of free events right in our backyard! Outdoor music concerts, magic shows for the kids, story hours for the little ones, and Shakespeare in the Park are just a few of the events planned. Check out the full schedule here.
Pleasantville Music Festival >
Saturday, July 8, 2017, Noon – 9 p.m.
This county favorite is in its 13th year and features 18 bands over nine hours on three stages. In addition to plenty of live music, this family-friendly festival at Parkway Field features food, vendors and kids’ activities.
Screenings Under the Stars >
July 7, August 18, Entertainment begins 6 p.m., screening at sundown
Kensico Dam, Valhalla
Bring a blanket and some chairs to enjoy an outdoor movie with your family. The Westchester County Parks Department presents “Secret Life of Pets” on July 7, and “Sing” on Aug. 18.
Bicycle Sundays >
Through September 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bronx River Parkway
One of Westchester County’s most popular and longest-running summer programs, Bicycle Sundays open up the Bronx River Parkway exclusively for bicyclists, joggers, walkers, foot scooters and strollers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip distance of 13 miles.
Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival >
Saturday, July 25, 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Returning for its 10th year, this free outdoor festival features live music, craft vendors and more. There are a dozen restaurants within walking distance of the event, and there’s plenty to do in Peekskill!
Farmer’s Markets >
Sundays, through Fall 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rye, Harrison, Larchmont
You’ll find fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, wine, baked goods, and flowers grown right here in the Hudson Valley at our outdoor markets. What’s more, there’s often music and entertainment at the Down to Earth Community Farmer’s Market, held each Sunday in many of our southern Westchester towns.
Hit the Beach! (or pool) >
Westchester County Parks
Splashdown! There’s no shortage of places to enjoy the water in Westchester. Residents may purchase a park or pool pass for the season or a one-time visit to explore the array of pools and beaches we have available, from Croton Point, Rye Playland, and Glen Island Beach parks, to several pools including Wilson’s Waves, which features a wave pool and water slides.
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